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    Question The opposite of 'dip your headlights', please!

    Hi,

    Could anyone please tell me what the right expression is when you wnat the beam from your headlights point upwards? Thanks!

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'dip your headlights', please!

    I wonder how 'full beam' is used in an expression in everyday English. Ta!

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'dip your headlights', please!

    First of all, it would be rare for someone to feel they want or need to tell you to switch to the brighter headlight setting- you're free to make that decision without any help, and that is why you haven't heard this before.

    Second, I imagine this is the kind of thing that would vary regionally, so an answer from one part of the world (or even from another part of one's own country) might be different.

    Where I come from (Midwest US), we don't say 'dip' to refer to low beam. We say 'dim' your lights. We refer to the high-beam setting as 'bright lights'. 'Last night I was driving along, and some jerk had his bright lights on. I flashed my brights at him, but he didn't dim his lights until he got past me.'

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'dip your headlights', please!

    Dip and full beam are used in BrE.

    I wonder how 'full beam' is used in an expression in everyday English. Ta!
    I was dazzled because the other driver had his lights on full beam.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'dip your headlights', please!

    If instructing a learner for example you might say 'Switch to full beam'.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'dip your headlights', please!

    I haven't heard 'full beam', though its meaning would be obvious. The version I've met is 'main beam'.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'dip your headlights', please!

    Or simply "brights". Put on your brights. More formally would be, put on your high-beams.

    There's also "daytime running lights" and "fog lights" in the U.S.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'dip your headlights', please!

    All right, like a "good Italian driver", that often happens to me and I do get into trouble a lot. I'm often told " Don't you drive with your full beams on!!! "

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Dip and full beam are used in BrE.



    I was dazzled because the other driver had his lights on full beam.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'dip your headlights', please!

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    First of all, it would be rare for someone to feel they want or need to tell you to switch to the brighter headlight setting- you're free to make that decision without any help, and that is why you haven't heard this before.

    Second, I imagine this is the kind of thing that would vary regionally, so an answer from one part of the world (or even from another part of one's own country) might be different.

    Where I come from (Midwest US), we don't say 'dip' to refer to low beam. We say 'dim' your lights. We refer to the high-beam setting as 'bright lights'. 'Last night I was driving along, and some jerk had his bright lights on. I flashed my brights at him, but he didn't dim his lights until he got past me.'
    i would say "high beams," not "brights." Must be a regional thing.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'dip your headlights', please!

    Many thanks to all for the helpful phrases!

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